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Where did the English Cobb family come from? What is the English Cobb family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cobb family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cobb family history?

The origins of the Anglo-Saxon name Cobb come from its first bearer, who was a large man. This surname originally derived from the Old English word Cobba which described a man of particularly large or impressive features and had great strength. However, the name could have also have originated from a multitude of other origins as as the word "cobb" has many different meanings as a noun and as a verb.


The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Cobb has been spelled many different ways, including Cobb, Cobbe and others.

First found in Suffolk where Leuricus Cobbe, a Saxon was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. [1]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cobb research. Another 237 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1234, 1235, 1500, 1478, 1595, 1655, 1675 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Cobb History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 71 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cobb Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Cobb family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Cobbs to arrive in North America:

Cobb Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Joseph Cobb, who arrived in Virginia in 1613
  • Elzabeth Cobb, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Henry Cobb, who settled in Plymouth in 1629
  • Nico Cobb, aged 24, arrived in St Christopher in 1635
  • Henry Cobb, who landed in Barnstable, Massachusetts in 1644

Cobb Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Whitfeild Cobb, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Winfield Cobb, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Isabella Cobb, who arrived in New England in 1720
  • William Cobb, aged 31, landed in Georgia in 1775
  • Wm Cobb, who landed in Mississippi in 1798

Cobb Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • J Cobb, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • N Cobb, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • John Cobb, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • M S Cobb, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • J G Cobb, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851


  • Tyrus Raymond "Ty" Cobb (1866-1961), American Major League Baseball outfielder, nicknamed "The Georgia Peach," inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936
  • Lee J. Cobb (1911-1976), American Academy Award winning actor best known for his roles in 12 Angry Men (1957) and On The Waterfront (1954)
  • Randall Craig "Tex" Cobb (b. 1950), American boxer, kickboxer and actor
  • Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb (1876-1944), American author, humorist, and columnist
  • Stanley Cobb (1887-1968), American neurologist considered "the founder of biological psychiatry in the United States"
  • Arnett Cobb (1918-1989), American jazz tenor saxophonist
  • Thomas Howell Cobb (1815-1868), American politician, President of the Provisional Confederate States Congress (1861-1862), United States Secretary of the Treasury (1857-1860), Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (1849-1851)
  • Alexander Miller "Alex" Cobb (b. 1987), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays
  • Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb (1823-1862), American lawyer, author, politician, and Confederate officer killed in the Battle of Fredericksburg during the American Civil War
  • Price Cobb (b. 1954), American racecar driver, winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1990



  • Cobb and Cobbs, Early Virginians by John E. Cobb.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtutis stemmata
Motto Translation: Virtue is Valuable.


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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  11. ...

The Cobb Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cobb Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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